The All-Underrated Braves: 1B
Fred McGriff was a victim of his time, above average at everything but throwing from first to second on a double play. He was awful at that.
But a .293 BA, .369 OBP and .516 slugging percentage, McGriff’s numbers during his 5 years in Atlanta, seem rather pedestrian when compared to the ‘rodied-up numbers of his peers. They were still pretty damn good, in line with his career stats which, by the way, are far better than Hall of Famer Jim Rice‘s lifetime numbers. The Crime Dog had 111 more homers than Rice, but is unlikely to see Cooperstown anytime soon. McGriff would’ve easily topped 500 had it not been for the ’94 strike; at the time of the lockout he was hitting .318 with a 1.012 OPS.
He was even better in October — how many Braves can you say that about?
NLDS: 10 games, .306-3-10, .992 OPS
NLCS: 23 games, .352-3-15, .994 OPS
World Series: 12 games, .279-4-9, .989 OPS
Reads like the resume of a Hall of Famer to me.